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Eric Topol, Leroy Hood, Ronald Davis, Mostafa Ronaghi, Keith Joho, Nick Tsinoremas, Saeed Tavazoie

Scripps Health this week said it has opened a new program, the Translational Science Institute and Genomic Medicine program, and that it has named Eric Topol chief academic officer.
The institute will focus on defining genes that are linked to particular diseases, and then using those findings to pursue new drug therapies.
Topol was chair of the department of cardiovascular medicine at Cleveland Clinic for 15 years.

NextBio, makers of a data- and information-sorting platform, said it has appointed its founding scientific advisory board. Members of the SAB include:
Leroy Hood, president and co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology.
Ronald Davis, director of the Stanford Genome Technology Center and professor of biochemistry and genetics at Stanford’s School of Medicine.
Mostafa Ronaghi, co-founder of NextBio, and co-founder of Pyrosequencing (now Biotage) and ParAllele Bioscience.
Keith Joho, a senior manager at Ingenuity Systems, and former manager for SurroMed, Abgenix, Roche Bioscience, and Sugen. He also was on faculty at the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at Louisiana State University.
Nick Tsinoremas, senior director of informatics at Scripps Florida. He has held senior positions at Rosetta/Merck, DoubleTwist, Incyte Genomics, and Progenitor.
Saeed Tavazoie, professor of molecular biology at the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University.

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